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Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear

22 days, Edinburgh to Longyearbyen

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22 days

Edinburgh to Longyearbyen

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Travel Style: Marine

Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Age requirement: 10+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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22 days

Edinburgh to Longyearbyen

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: XVLRNX

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Map of the route for Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh

The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 2Kirkwall/Orkney

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Olden

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate hike to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Geiranger

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Torghatten/Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Svartisen/Vikingen

Visit Svartisen, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10Tromsø

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11At Sea/Bjørnøya

Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Hornsund

Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Svalbard

Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the Arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 15Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

Spend your day relaxing on board the G Expedition or head out to explore Longyearbyen, the starting point for many early explorers on expedition to the North Pole. Embark on your journey to Spitsbergen in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 16–21Spitsbergen

This voyage is spent travelling in the world in which the polar bear survives. Our wildlife viewing opportunities are enhanced by exploring as many remote areas as possible. Spotting wildlife like the Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, and land or sea birds can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Ice and weather conditions permitting we can explore near sea ice, through fjords that lead to glaciers and icebergs, and discover bird nesting colonies, all from the platform of the ship. Alternatively, hop in a Zodiac to explore more closely, or be brought to land to visit historical sites and experience the tundra. We are always on the lookout for wildlife, ranging from endangered and rare polar species to sea mammals and birds. And, of course, we'll have our eyes peeled for polar bears - they can be found all throughout this region, but finding them can require patience and persistence. Come join us in the search!

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 22Spitsbergen/Longyearbyen

On the departure day, there will be transfers available to the Longyearbyen airport for all passengers with flights scheduled.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • 21 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Meeting point to ship transfer
  • Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Orkney Islands guided tour of ancient ruins
  • Shetland Islands visit
  • Olden visit
  • Geirangerfjord visit
  • Trondheim visit
  • Vega Island visit
  • Svartisen glacier excursion
  • Local village visit (Lofoten Islands)
  • Tromsø city tour
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities
  • Hornsund excursion and Bellsund visit (weather dependent)
  • Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka

Meals

21 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 21 dinners
Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Departures

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Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear

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